Diabetes is a common condition that affects around 3.7 million people in the UK. It’s caused by the pancreas not producing enough of the hormone insulin, or the body not reacting to insulin. Without enough of the hormone, the body struggles to convert sugar in the blood into useable energy. You could be at risk of the high blood sugar condition if you suddenly develop blisters, it’s been claimed.
Diabetes patients are more at risk of developing blisters, according to the American Academy of Dermatology.
They may not be painful, but can become quite large, and develop quickly without warning.
You should speak to a doctor if you have a number of blisters and think you could be at risk of diabetes.
“Diabetes can affect many parts of your body, including your skin,” said the American Academy of Dermatology.
“When diabetes affects the skin, it’s often a sign that your blood sugar [glucose] levels are too high.
“It’s rare, but people with diabetes can see blisters suddenly appear on their skin.
“You may see a large blister, a group of blisters, or both. Unlike the blisters that develop after a burn, these blisters are not painful.
“The blisters tend to form on the hands, feet, legs, or forearms and look like the blisters that appear after a serious burn.”
You could also be at risk of a type 2 diabetes if you have a yellow/brownish patch on your skin, it added.
The condition may start as small, raised bumps that look a little like pimples, and developing into widespread patches of swollen, hard skin.
Some patients can see their blood vessels through the patches, and the surrounding skin may develop a shiny, porcelain-like appearance, it added.
Many people may be living with diabetes without even knowing it, because the symptoms don’t necessarily make you feel unwell.
Common diabetes symptoms include passing more urine than normal, having blurred vision, or having cuts or wounds that take longer to heal.
The symptoms of type 2 diabetes can be similar to type 1 diabetes, except weight loss is more common in type 1 patients.
Diagnosing the condition early is crucial, as patients are more at risk of some deadly complications, including heart disease and strokes.
Speak to a doctor if you’re worried about the symptoms of diabetes, or if you think you’re at risk.
Published at Tue, 29 Jan 2019 09:06:00 +0000